School: Bowling Green State University
Major: Construction Management
Company: Miller Bros Construction
Internship from 5/13/15 — 8/21/15
Throughout my summer at Miller Bros. Construction I have participated on many of the projects that are occurring in the Commercial Earthwork division of the company. The scope of work that Miller Bros. focuses on includes Site Demolition, Site Erosion Control, Site Earthwork, Site Utilities, Site Aggregates, Site Concrete, and Site Pavement. Throughout the summer my main role was to be part of the estimating team and contact subs, do quantity takeoffs, and also build bids in Heavy Bid.
I also had other roles away from estimating that I also had to complete throughout my internship. These roles included documenting change orders, attending construction meetings, and answering questions that field personnel had on a day to day basis. These task kept me busy and really gave me the hands on experience of the task that project coordinators and project managers face everyday.
The last portion of my summer I spent building a budget for a hospital expansion that is to occur over the next three years. While building the budget I worked with the construction manager that will be leading the job to break out the project that will be donor funded into different areas allowing donors to see how their donations will be spent. While doing this I spent a lot of time using Heavy Bid and working to make sure every item on the project was covered. This task was very interesting to me because it allowed my to learn not only how to build a multimillion dollar estimate but also proper ways to interact with clients on a professional basis.
What results did you achieve on the project(s), and what impact did they have on the company?
I achieved a lot of knowledge from this project. I achieved organization skills, communication skills, along with many other things. The results that I received from the project were real world experiences that can not be taught in a classroom. I think that learning professional skill in communication is the biggest benefit of an internship. Being able to approach somebody professionally about a situation good or bad is important to be able to do because you always have to be able to interact with others in the construction industry.
Currently at this point the construction manager on this job is still reviewing the work that will be occurring. When this job does go to bid we will be considered the prime for the civil portion of the job.
What real-life technical or business skills did you learn during the internship?
Throughout my internship I have learning real-life technical skills along with business skills.
The real-life technical skills that I have learned include digital takeoffs on the computer, building bids on the computer, and tracking a job on the computer.
Real- life business skills include learning how to talk to clients professionally and answering questions with the companies best interest in mind. The biggest thing to me when you are working for a company is you are always representing them not yourself so you must always be courteous and respectful even when you get upset especially with clients.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
Something that I learned from my internship that is very positive for me is that people are always around to help you. There was an instance where I did not do a takeoff correctly and got yelled at. There were other co-workers around after that happened and helped me to fix my mistakes and reminded me to always check my work before submitting it. This had a positive impact on me because it showed me that people cared and wanted to help me be successful for the rest of my internship.
Where do you think technology will make the biggest impact in construction in the next few years, and how will it do that?
I think there are two areas where technology is going to have a big impact on the construction field in the upcoming years. One area will be in 3D modeling of jobsites. I think plans will all be converted into 3D models and accessible on tablets and Ipads at all times. I think somebody will be able to be walking around a jobsite with the prints on there tablet and be able to view the finished project from where they are standing.
Another area where I think the construction area could make large improvements in technology is in logging equipment hours. If there was a program that could directly log equipment and the work the machine did throughout the day and the project manager could access that at all times companies could save a lot of money by knowing when a machine was wasting fuel not doing work.